Confessions of a book club slut

Turns out one book club was not enough for me, so now I belong to two. The first is primarily English teachers, the second is primarily scientists. The people are different, with different jobs, interests, relationships. The mood of the room is different, as is the selection of books. One book club reads widely – […]

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Ben Okri – The Age of Magic

It is hard to find the words to express how I felt while reading this book. I read it while I was sick, and the line, “one of the benefits of illness: giving people time to catch up with themselves, to arrive at where they are in life’s fast-moving story” really struck me; reminding me […]

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Hamlet

John Marsden has taken the tragedy of Hamlet and reworked it into an engaging and highly readable novel. I first read this novel when I was in high school and it has resonated with me since. Recently I picked it up again and found delight in reading it several years later, and from a teacher’s […]

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Boy: Tales of Childhood

Author: Roald Dahl Published: Penguin 1984 Year Level: Year 9 Roald Dahl is a writer who almost every youth is familiar with, this autobiography gives insight into his highly adventurous and entertaining childhood. Dahl begins with what he first remembers as a child and the narrative follows him until he finishes secondary school. Each story […]

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Northern Lights

Author: Philip Pullman Published: Scholastic Ltd, 1995 Year level: year 10 Northern Lights is a fantasy novel set in a world that is similar to ours, yet there is a darkness that threatens the world. The protagonist Lyra begins her journey for truth when her friend Roger disappears. The novel is a fantasy adventure novel, which […]

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The Lord of the Rings

All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again […]

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The 10pm Question

Author: Kate De Goldi Published: Longacre Press, 2008 Year level: 9-10 Kate De Goldi’s novel The 10pm Question follows a twelve year old boy who feels as if he is carrying the burdens of his family upon his own shoulders. Frankie Parsons is constantly anxious as every possible worrying question flows through his mind Who […]

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